complete

adjective
com·plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt \
completer; completest

Definition of complete 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps a complete diet

b of a protein : containing all essential amino acids Beans and grains combined together form a complete protein.

2a : total, absolute complete silence

b : fully carried out : thorough a complete renovation

c of a football pass : legally caught

3 : brought to an end : concluded a complete period of time

4 : highly proficient a complete artist

5 of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects

6 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete sense 2

7 : having all four sets of floral organs

8 of a metric space : having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space

complete with

: made complete by the inclusion of a birthday cake complete with candles

complete

verb
completed; completing

Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state complete a painting

2a : to make whole or perfect Its song completes the charm of the bird. Her latest purchase completes her collection.

b : to mark the end of A rousing chorus completes the show.

c : execute, fulfill complete a contract

3 : to carry out (a forward pass) successfully The quarterback completed 12 out of 18 passes.

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Other words from complete

Adjective

completely adverb
completeness noun
completive \kəm-ˈplē-tiv \ adjective

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Adjective

full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it. a full schedule complete applies when all that is needed is present. a complete picture of the situation plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification. given plenary power replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety. replete with delightful details

Verb

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of complete in a Sentence

Adjective

He spoke in complete sentences. They sat in complete silence.

Verb

The project took four months to complete. Her latest purchase completes her collection. The new baby completed their family. The quarterback completed 12 out of 15 passes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some need complete restoration over two or three years such as the 1953 Fleetwood — the first year the company built travel trailers — purchased from an 84-year-old woman who decided to quit camping. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "RV museum chronicles Americans’ love of camping," 12 July 2018 Teams can distribute that cash in one complete payment upon arriving in Sin City. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "The Economics of a Las Vegas Summer League Invite," 12 July 2018 For complete details on SB 1, visit rebuildingca.ca.gov/. Ramona Sentinel, "Caltrans begins $11M repairs on Route 78," 11 July 2018 Attempts to build new LWRs in the US have been a fiasco, ending up canceled (as in the beleaguered Summer plant in South Carolina, which was 40 percent complete) or endlessly delayed and over-budget (as in the new Vogtle reactors in Georgia). David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 The County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties was also further contained overnight, with evacuation orders lifted and final damage inspection complete, according to Cal Fire incident updates. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Northern California wildfire updates: Pacific Crest Trail closures in effect despite progress on Klamathon Fire," 11 July 2018 The judge said the administration must provide a list of names of parents in immigration custody and their children by Monday and complete background checks for them by Thursday. Elliot Spagat, chicagotribune.com, "Federal judge criticizes Justice Department effort to reunite families separated at border," 14 July 2018 The next at-bat, once again in complete command of the count — ahead 2-0 — Jones squared up a big swing and fell a few feet short of a home run. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 The judge said the administration must provide a list of names of parents in immigration custody and their children by Monday and complete background checks for them by Thursday. CBS News, "Trump administration lays out plan to reunite 2,500 immigrant children with their families," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The project is expected to take about one month to complete, with a tentative reopening date of Aug. 17, according to village officials. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Wolf Road closed for bridge repairs in Mokena," 13 July 2018 His official biography lists a Ph.D. completed with a dissertation on how to finance renewable-energy projects. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "New Turkish Finance Minister Vows to Fight Inflation," 13 July 2018 My heart is full! #wolfpack completed with a 9lb lean, eating machine (& a Decker bucket head)! Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Jessie James Decker Shares Breastfeeding Video as She Reveals the Struggles of Being a New Mom," 12 July 2018 The race, on the first Saturday of May each year, draws thousands of weekend warriors who want to gain the satisfaction of completing 13.1 miles, often with friends and family. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 In Clark’s 50-plus years on the Coastside, the area has gone from sleepy seaside community to popular weekend destination (complete with a Ritz-Carlton) and a big-wave capital of the mainland. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Mavericks legend Jeff Clark’s favorite spots in Half Moon Bay," 10 July 2018 The core of the plan presented Tuesday night by Beltline Rail Now would see the 22-mile loop of the city completed with light rail transit. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Beltline group to present vision to MARTA for compete light rail loop," 10 July 2018 And Janelle Monae’s magnificent show became a sanctuary – for black people, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and their allies – complete with a killer soundtrack. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2018 recap: The best and worst moments from the world's largest music festival," 9 July 2018 The film was eventually completed with a mix of script rewrites, body doubles, existing footage of Lee and an early form of the digital trickery used by Framestore on Hepburn. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of complete

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complete

Adjective

Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre — see complement entry 1

Verb

see complete entry 1

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complete

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having all necessary parts : not lacking anything

: not limited in any way

: not requiring more work : entirely done or completed

complete

verb

English Language Learners Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

: to finish making or doing (something) : to bring (something) to an end or to a finished state

: to make (something) whole or perfect

American football : to throw (a forward pass) to a teammate who catches it

complete

adjective
com·plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt \

Kids Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having all necessary parts : not lacking anything a complete set of books

2 : entirely done His training is complete.

3 : thorough sense 1 complete darkness

Other words from complete

completeness noun

complete

verb
completed; completing

Kids Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bring to an end : finish complete a job

2 : to make whole or perfect He needs six more state flags to complete his collection.

complete

adjective
com·plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt \

Medical Definition of complete 

1 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult compare incomplete sense 1

2 of a bone fracture : characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone — compare incomplete sense 2

3 of a protein : containing all essential amino acids — compare incomplete sense 4

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